HealthSouth shareholders going after Leslie Scrushy tax return

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - The ongoing saga involving Richard Scrushy's finances continues. This time, attorneys for the plaintiffs are asking that Scrushy's wife Leslie forfeit a tax refund in order to help pay the $2.8 billion settlement.

Back in 2007, Leslie Scrushy got a tax refund of $17 million. On Thursday, attorneys for HealthSouth shareholders asked a judge to order that money be used to pay off the billion dollar judgement. Scrushy and his wife Leslie received the refunds after Richard Scrushy was ordered to repay $48 million in bonuses.

An attorney for Leslie Scrushy argues that the plaintiff's have no right to the money.

Attorneys say it is not known exactly how much of the seventeen million dollars still remains.

Leslie Scrushy was not in court Thursday, but is expected to be back in Birmingham sometime in the next few weeks for a deposition. During that deposition, Scrushy will be asked about this tax refund and items that she says belong to her that currently sit in her Vestavia Hills home.